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Following a year when choirs fell silent, Kings Place celebrates the power and the joy of singing in Voices Unwrapped, our 14th Unwrapped series. Featuring solo voices to vocal ensembles to large choruses, we plan to fill our halls with Renaissance masterworks, close harmony a cappella, folk song, jazz vocalisation, lied, throat singing, gospel, electronically-enhanced contemporary voices to Baroque passions.

We’re thrilled to announce our two, much-loved artists in focus: Gaelic singer & musician Julie Fowlis and baritone & composer Roderick Williams.

The only instrument that every individual can access without expense, the human voice is a constant in all musical cultures and a channel through which each community can express its identity. Voices Unwrapped 2022 welcomes exceptional singers from Estonia, France, America, Denmark, Australia and the African diaspora, and British groups such as the Tallis Scholars, Black Voices and The Swingles, along with our resident Aurora Orchestra. We’ll explore a richly diverse vocal repertoire and provide a platform for community choirs, as well as opportunities for you, our audiences, to participate.

Watch this space for more announcements.

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John Francis Flynn + Shovel Dance Collective

Folk / Voices Unwrapped

John Francis Flynn is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose work centres around traditional and folk material from Ireland. He is a founding member of the band, Skipper’s Alley, with whom he has toured extensively throughout

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Arooj Aftab

Contemporary / Luminate

Listed by NPR as one of the Top 100 Young Composers of today, Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab carries in her music a seasoned tranquility that inspires calm to whoever listens.

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Theatre of Voices

Classical / Voices Unwrapped

Danish super group Theatre of Voices return to Kings Place for the world premiere of John Luther Adams’ A brief descent into deep time and David Lang’s award-winning The Little Match Girl Passion.

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Florist

Contemporary / Voices Unwrapped

The first of two performances from LA-based indie singer-songwriter and ambient artist, Emily A Sprague. This show features Sprague under her Florist moniker, performing her third album, Emily Alone, a fragile, arresting record that exudes beauty in its simplicity – a true standout of 2019.

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Aurora Orchestra with Roderick Williams

Classical / Voices Unwrapped

Aurora Orchestra welcomes Voices Unwrapped Artist-in-Focus Roderick Williams for a special concert of journeys: from darkness to light, joy to sorrow, and regret to redemption.

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Auclair x Miryam Solomon x Evadney

Contemporary / Voices Unwrapped

London-based independent label Amorphous Sounds presents the second of two concerts for Voices Unwrapped & Luminate, featuring Auclair, Miryam Solomon and Evadney.

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The Excellence of Women: Casulana & Strozzi

Classical / Voices Unwrapped

After 400 years, the Fieri Consort reveal the newly-discovered madrigals of Maddalena Casulana alongside works by another of Italy’s greatest composers, Barbara Strozzi.

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Black Voices: Celebrating Nina Simone

Contemporary / Voices Unwrapped

Black Voices, the leading female a capella collective, return to Kings Place with a programme honouring the music and inspiration of Nina Simone.

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Sally Davies Workshop

Folk / Folk Weekend: Unity in Song

Join singer, choir leader, composer and multi-instrumentalist Sally Davies for 2 workshops on songs from the English Tradition, with arresting harmonies in 3 and 4 parts in acapella.

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Bulgarian Song Workshop with Eugenia Georgieva

Folk / Voices Unwrapped

Experience traditional village diaphony from the Shopluk region in the southwest of Bulgaria – the home of Bulgarian ancient harmony singing.

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Martin & Eliza Carthy

Folk / Voices Unwrapped

The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury-nominated daughter Eliza Carthy, join forces to perform songs from their first duo album. A record of traditional material entitled The Elephant, released in May 2014 on Topic Records.

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Cara Dillon

Folk / Voices Unwrapped

Cara Dillon makes a welcome return to Kings Place as part of the Unity in Song Folk Weekend celebrations in the Voices Unwrapped series.

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Sally Davies Workshop

Folk / Folk Weekend: Unity in Song

Join singer, choir leader, composer and multi-instrumentalist Sally Davies for 2 workshops on songs from the English Tradition, with arresting harmonies in 3 and 4 parts in acapella.

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Celebrating Unaccompanied Song with Green Ribbons

Folk / Folk Weekend: Unity in Song

Join folk collective Green Ribbons as they talk about the making of the project dedicated to the celebration of unaccompanied song and their debut album.

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Eugenia Georgieva

Folk / Voices Unwrapped

Eugenia Georgieva makes her Kings Place debut with this special, intimate performance of Bulgarian song, part of the Voices Unwrapped Folk Weekend.

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Peggy Seeger & Calum MacColl + Green Ribbons

Folk / Folk Weekend: Unity in Song

Queen of folk, Peggy Seeger teams up with son Calum MacColl for special first farewell concert at Kings Place, part of their Voices Unwrapped Folk Weekend.

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Riot Ensemble: This Lunar Beauty

Classical / Voices Unwrapped

The Riot Ensemble joins Voices Unwrapped with a spell-binding, subversive programme of hidden voices.

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Colleen

Contemporary / Luminate

As part of Luminate and Voices Unwrapped, we are excited to present a rare performance from one of Europe’s most inventive composers and electronic artists, Colleen.

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Deep Throat Choir + Nouria Bah

Contemporary / Voices Unwrapped

All-female singing collective Deep Throat Choir perform songs from their multi-layered second album 'In Order to Know You' for Voices Unwrapped at Kings Place.

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Mari Kalkun

Folk / Voices Unwrapped

Mari Kalkun is a musician, singer and a composer who expresses the essence of her Southern Estonian roots in a unique voice.

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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Classical / Voices Unwrapped

An evening of sacred and secular music by four of Estonia’s greatest composers, Arvo Part, Veljo Tormis, Cyrillus Kreek and Toivo Tulev.

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Gretchen Peters with special guest Kim Richey

Folk / Voices Unwrapped

Blending shades of country-rock, indie-folk and Southern Gothic, Gretchen Peters latest album Dancing With the Beast features all-female characters, from pre-teen to elderly, whose stories vividly illuminate both the personal and political.

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Allt, featuring Julie Fowlis, Zoë Conway, Éamon Doorley & John McIntyre

Folk / Voices Unwrapped

Julie Fowlis, award-winning Gaelic folk singer and musician, brings the first of her special curations as Voices Unwrapped Artist-in-Focus to Kings Place.

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